The show must go on and while that might be a little hard to hear after the departure of top tier names like Tony Stewart,, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Danica Patrick, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Matt Kenseth, it is also finally a chance for the younger class of drivers to shine. How the sport plans to move on from these stars and herald in the new class of stars is ultimately up to them, but talking negatively about the stars of the past probably isn’t the best way to do it.
Unfortunately for Brad Keselowski, that is exactly the route he decided to take during an interview when asked about how the sport would move on from Dale Earnhardt Jr’s retirement. Of course Its worth mentioning that Keselowski had the best intentions when talking about the subject and just wanted to ensure fans that everything would be fine, but even the slightest negative word about NASCAR’s former favorite son has been known to have mixed results.
“This sport has always been bigger than one person,” Keselowski told reporters when asked about how the sport would move on without Dale Earnhardt Jr competing. “He’s a big part of that group, don’t get me wrong, but there’s a lot of things going on in this sport every day. … It may be a little bit harder with Dale not being around, but this sport will still go on and be OK.”
With that being said, Brad Keselowski is right in the fact that the sport will go on, especially with personalities like Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney endearing themselves to a new generation of fans, but Keselowski probably could have worded his statement a little bit better. Then again, Keselowski is a former protege of Dale Earnhardt Jr, even driving for JR Motorsports in The Xfinity Series, which could be enough to save him from backlash.